Did The Hebrew Bible Give Birth To Democracy?

Scholars beginning to challenge view that the rise of democratic values belongs solely to Western secular thought.
04/26/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When the Texas Board of Education voted last month in favor of a proposal that would emphasize the religious origins of democracy in high school curricula, many liberals were outraged. It seemed to fly in the face of the long-held assumption that Western political ideas — toleration, the separation of church and state, indeed the genius of democratic rule itself — was born from the steady secularization of the West. It was the age of the Enlightenment, after all, that produced America’s great experiment in democracy.


Reform Revolution

12/23/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Orlando, Fla. — In a continued effort to spiritually reinvigorate its 1.5 million adherents and bring young people back into the pews, the Reform movement plans to revolutionize its prayer services, stressing more Hebrew and new American-style music.

For Now, Hebrew Charter School Is ‘Sababa’

10/13/2009 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Yaron Gal-Zur might as well be a rock star, as far as his adoring first-graders are concerned.

Singing “Bo nireh mi yoshev yafeh,” Hebrew for “come, let’s see who is sitting nicely,” he ushers his blue-and-white clad brood from their round tables and brand-new blue chairs to a rug and asks them, in Hebrew, how they are.

Yaron Gal Zur’s first graders are quickly absorbing Hebrew. “My kid comes home and he’s just running to do his homework,” says o
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